University of Memphis Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate & More

University of Memphis
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University of Memphis Admissions Overview:

The University of Memphis has an acceptance rate of 57%, making it a generally accessible school. Successful applicants will generally have good grades and test scores. To apply, interested students will need to submit an application, high school transcripts, and scores from the SAT or ACT. For more information, be sure to visit the school's website, or get in touch with the admissions office.

Admissions Data (2016):

  • University of Memphis Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile

University of Memphis Description:

Located about four miles east of downtown, the University of Memphis is the flagship research university in the Tennessee Board of Regents system. The university was founded in 1912. The park-like campus is a designated arboretum offering self-guided tours, and the red brick buildings are laid out in a Jeffersonian style similar to the University of Virginia. In academics, the University of Memphis offers a wide range of majors and degrees, with notable strengths in journalism, nursing, business, and education. Academics are supported by a 14 to 1 student / faculty ratio. The university has an active Greek system, with both fraternities and sororities. Outside of the classroom, students can join a number of student-run clubs and activities, including religious clubs, honor societies, academic groups, and performing arts ensembles. On the athletic front, the Memphis Tigers compete in the NCAA Division I American Athletic Conference. Popular sports include football, basketball, track and field, and tennis.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 21,301 (17,183 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 42% Male / 58% Female
  • 72% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $9,125 (in-state); $20,837 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,415 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $9,153
  • Other Expenses: $4,512
  • Total Cost: $24,205 (in-state); $35,917 (out-of-state)

University of Memphis Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 96%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 93%
    • Loans: 54%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,759
    • Loans: $5,427

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Business Administration, Finance, Interdisciplinary Studies, Journalism, Marketing, Nursing, Psychology, Teacher Education

Transfer, Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 80%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 14%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 17%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 42%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Basketball, Baseball
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Track and Field, Softball, Volleyball, Tennis, Soccer, Cross Country

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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